A 19-year-old man from western Montana has died in an apparent fall in Glacier National Park, park officials said.
A man called park rangers on Tuesday afternoon to report that he planned to climb Mount Brown with Winslow Nichols of Columbia Falls, but they were breaking up.
Park rangers found a vehicle believed to belong to Nichols at Lake McDonald Lodge and began a ground search while Two Bear Air launched an aerial search.
At about 7 p.m., the helicopter crew spotted Nichols’ body on Mount Brown and recovered it, park officials said in a Wednesday news release.
At an elevation of about 8,500 feet, Mount Brown has “spring conditions at the top with mixed snow and rock,” officials said.
The circumstances leading to Nichols’ death are still under investigation, but rangers suspect he fell while climbing.
News of Nichols’ death came a day after another climber, 32-year-old guide Jillian Elizabeth Webster,and five others were injured on Mount Shasta in California.
According to a 2020 analysis, more than 2,700 people died in U.S. national parks from 2007 to 2018.